Every since I was five years old, I have had a job. Many of them I liked and most of them I loved. From creating a regular spot of land into a wondrous flower garden and an old plot of earth in to a bountiful garden. From helping to build houses for those less fortunate to serving my country as a U. S. Marine.
The flower garden and garden job ended because I grew older but when it came to leaving the military it was more of a forced situation due to base closings and a new requirement that rank determined who stayed and who left. After the military I bounced around from job to job not really able to find that feeling I once had of teamwork and espirt de corp that I found in the Marines. I was finally rescued by going back to school and earning a degree while opening my own business. The feeling of working for myself was exhilarating and still is but there was a terrible price to pay for it.
When this economy started down hill and many employers began looking for that perfect candidate, I found myself all alone again with a family to feed and no way to feed them. I found myself looking for anything that could help me regain my manhood and what I found was scams one after another. The price that one’s pays for working for themselves is that when it’s over and there are no jobs to be had, you can not collect unemployment so you are truly left to your own devices. Sorely needed inventions and outstanding business plans does not guarantee anyone anything especially if you can not afford to pay the cost of specialized marketing or attorney fees.
I had thought that it could not get any worse but yesterday I was proved wrong. I had contacted a company which was operating in the same industry of which I had owned a business in and knew that this would be a great fit. I complied with all that they asked only to learn that I could not be hired because of a background check. I learned that this background check included a credit report request and because of the information shown on that credit report, I was denied the agency. I had a hard time understanding and to date no one can really explain why it was important to have perfect credit to get a job. I did not authorize the check of my background nor credit but still it was done. I wanted to try and understand why my credit was so important especially if I would not be incharge of the income which would be derived from my employment. This question still goes unanswered.
So here I still sit, without a clear path to reclaim my manhood and my sanity. I dabble in odds jobs just to make a buck but the need of my family continues to grow. Politicians and pundits speak of jobs but they don’t seem to understand that there are jobs out there but the requirement to get them is not based on whether one can handle the task or not, it is based on the whims of those who control them. Congress opposed so many bills which could have created a lot of jobs, local city councils decide who gets the help in their communities and banks decide who is worthy of consideration. I do not cling to my gun but at this stage in my life, I will always cling to my God.